Weil's disease


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Weil's disease

(vīlz, wīlz) also

Weil disease

(vīl, wīl)
n.
A severe form of leptospirosis in humans that is characterized by jaundice, fever, muscle pain, kidney failure, and a tendency to hemorrhage.

Weil's disease

Weil's disease

See LEPTOSPIROSIS.

Weil's disease

human leptospirosis caused by Leptospira icterohaemorragiae and transmissible from rats to humans.
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Weil's disease - otherwise known as leptospirosis - is a bacterial infection that is spread by animals and most often occurs when water has been contaminated by an infected animal through its urine.
Olympic rowing champion Andy Holmes' death this week has been linked to Weil's disease.
His widow moved to dispel fears he had contacted Weil's disease, which can be transmitted through water containing the urine of rats or other wild animals.
Doctors investigated the possibility he was suffering from Weil's disease, which can be transmitted through water containing the urine of rats or other wild animals.
Weary residents of towns and villages already swamped by sewage-polluted water were warned that rats can carry the killer Weil's disease which causes liver and kidney failure.
A couple of years ago a local man died of Weil's disease after his cat brought a wild rat into his house.
Also in August 2000, backpacker Rob Plaster, aged 35, from Bristol, died after contracting Weil's disease in the country.
A post mortem confirmed the cause of death as leptospirosis, or Weil's disease - a bacterial infection found in the urine of wild animals, including rats.
It's one thing to be deprived of sleep and it's another to be alongside rats, which don't just carry Weil's disease, they also carry bubonic plague.
But, Weil's Disease or leptospirosis, transmitted by water that has been infected with rat's urine, is fairly rare.
It is believed he may have contracted Weil's disease from contaminated water on the flooded site.